A 20-year-old Bay of Plenty man who accidentally stabbed his upper leg while skinning a pig remains in a stable condition at Tauranga Hospital.

The Trustpower TECT Rescue Helicopter was called to Te Kaha Medical Centre at 1pm yesterday after a man sustained a potentially life-threatening injury to one of the major vessels in his thigh.

A helicopter spokesman said the man had accidentally stabbed his leg while skinning a pig.

St John paramedics and a local doctor stabilised the man before he was flown to Tauranga Hospital for further treatment.

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The helicopter was called due to the nature of the injury and distance to the required hospital.

A Bay of Plenty District Health Board spokesman said a 20-year-old man remained at Tauranga Hospital in a stable condition.